How We Are All Connected

Janine L. Kimmel shares how, in the great circle of life, we are all connected.

Now I think I know the answer; it’s simple really, you know? I think. . . well, I think we’re all here just to be good to one another. Just that.

This is a passage from the end of my fiction book for young adult readers, which tells a complex story spanning over hundreds of years about an enchanted river, its heroes (both human and animal), and our intrinsic connection to Nature.

From my very earliest memories, I have had a love affair with Nature. I have stayed in touch with that love and know that there is a deep benefit that comes from an ongoing relationship with Nature.

I tap into this love every day in my work as a poet, an artist, a writer, a therapist, mother of two sons, and a teacher of creativity. I am such an advocate of the importance of encouraging our children to have a relationship with nature because I attribute much of my strength and creativity to that connection.

The best way to share this love with our children, beginning at the earliest of ages, is by modeling it OURSELVES. By connecting with the simplicity and authenticity of our natural surroundings, we instinctively slow to a more natural and saner rhythm or pace and begin to see the emergence of our own authentic, creative, and true nature – to be more open.

As this opening occurs, I like to say, our inner landscape becomes spectacular by transforming to reflect the beauty and wonder of the natural world. We also realize that, like our inner selves, nature is fragile and in need of care and love and respect.

And, like the great circle of life, one thing leads into another and back again. We are inspired and we inspire others to be good to each other. It is you and me, at our best. Like Robert W. Fuller, Ph.D. says, “Dignity is not negotiable.”…Continue reading at InspireMeToday.com.

Janine is an artist and the award-winning author of the children’s book The Magic Gown and the young adult classic The Yawning Rabbit River Chronicle.

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54 comments

Donna Ferguson
Donna F.2 years ago

very nice article--ty!

heather g.
heather g.2 years ago

Fortunately, I have always felt a close connection to nature and of course, to animals as well.

You sum it up beautifully .... I enjoyed this .... Quote :
"our inner landscape becomes spectacular by transforming to reflect the beauty and wonder of the natural world. We also realize that, like our inner selves, nature is fragile and in need of care and love and respect."

Genoveva M.
Genoveva M M.2 years ago

Thanks for sharing this.

KAREN G.

Thanks for sharing!

Lynnl C.
Lynn C.2 years ago

Ron B. said it well. It's pretty difficult to claim kinship with the monsters among us....

Deborah W.
Deborah W.2 years ago

So simple yet complex

With this ever-increasing fast-paced environment we find ourselves in, time is precious and few manage to find a space for peaceful reflection on the day, lessons learned, both good and bad, adjustment , and a plan for rebirth as needed.

As mere parts of the one whole, to slow down is key ... take in the wonderful balance of nature at work, see how we contribute to or detract from it, nurture and then pass on what weve come to know. Friends, neighbors and strangers should engage in both talking AND LISTENING so that differences might be ironed out.

Each day is brand new, full of endless possibilities IF we only take advantage of this gift. Of course, if we wake up dead, game over. Seriously, if you knew for sure this was your last day on earth, how would you spend it? We all own a part of the end product.

Jonathan Smithsonian

thanks

Amandine S.
Past Member 2 years ago

Thanks for sharing.

Nimue Pendragon
Nimue Pendragon2 years ago

thanks

Ganaisha Calvin
Ganaisha Calvin2 years ago

thanks for sharing